Jonas Trepanier reporting for the Researcher
One of the most influential authors of all time, Harper Lee’s first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever to grace this planet. A powerful novel that highlights racial injustice and gives a powerful message to all who read it. Sadly, on this day, February nineteenth of two-thousand and sixteen, Harper Lee has passed away at age 89.
Born in Alabama, Harper Lee shocked the world with the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, in 1960. The novel became an instant best-seller and won the Pulitzer Prize only a year later. After the movie adaptation came her fame only grew and she became one of the most famous authors of her time. Only last year, her publications group announced a sequel to the beloved novel in the form of Go Set a Watchman. The story depicted some of the same characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, and was set several years into the future.
The author, born in Alabama in the year 1926, the author experienced segregation first hand and based the character of Scout on that of her own childhood. Even after the publication of her novel, she remained quiet and away from public eye. Last year’s announcement of her new novel was the biggest news relating to Lee for a long time.
So today, with a heavy heart, we must bid goodbye to Ms. Lee; but she will not be forgotten. Her works of literature have remained prominent in bookshelves for more than 50 years, and still push a powerful message for equality and peace. So let us all remember one of the most prominent authors of our time and hope that all of us remember that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.